Finally got through with rewatching the entire series and got to watch the first two episodes of season five.
I didn't care for the premiere episode. I think a previous post mentioned it had too much filler. that was the same impression that I got. this was an hour long episode stretched out to two hours. But I read a comment where someone mentioned that this was an reintroduction to mad men. It's been off for so long this episode was meant to reintroduce us to the world of mad men. in hindsight it does seem that's what it was. There was just too much of non mad men-esque things in the episode. Roger calling out "there's my baby" when he sees Joan but is carrying his secret child. Or Pete's look when Peggy is pushing the stroller. And too many of Roger's jokes. I just watched the entire series so didn't need the reintro so I didn't care for the reintro approach.
I think the first two episodes have set up the theme or direction of this season. I think it's going to be about the changing of the guards. Or the Up and coming challenging the old guard.
Roger is clearly feeling the pressure from Pete. We saw last season with Roger's fall and Pete's rise with a hint of things to come. Roger lost his one account the most important account at the agency in Lucky Strike. Pete used his news of Trudy's pregnancy into getting all of his father's business. I could see Roger trying sneak his way onto an account like this. The difference is Pete. In the beginning, Pete was "the Kid" who was always overreaching. In the pilot, Pete tried to challenge Don in a very similar way with Lucky Strike. Pete "I have ideas too" He even pitched them an idea that Don rejected. But I don't think anyone on the show or the audience saw Pete as a threat to Don. Now, we all have seen Pete grow and is now a serious threat to Roger. Even after Roger was able to push his way onto the account Pete only pushes back embarrassing Roger. Pete knows his power and willing to use it. a couple of years ago instead of pushing back against roger, Pete would have just wined to Trudy or Don
Don is getting old and turning forty with his white beard of shaving cream and his fear of the rolling stones' influence on young people. Don seems to be the happiest we've seen him outside his trips to cali visiting Anna. There also seems to be a lack of interest or focus on his work. He doesn't seem to be on his game. He went along with the client's idea of using the rolling stones' as a jingle. The idea Roger said was "Client's idea if he's ever heard one." In the past, how many times has Don gone along with a Clients idea? Not many. Is this because he's getting old or is he off his game and distracted? The scene of Don standing backstage suggest it's age. First, Don and Harry couldn't get backstage. But the young pot smoking girl was able to get backstage. This is the opposite of season one when the cops are outside Midge's apartment. Don is able to leave in front of the cops where Midge and her pot smoking friends had to hide inside the aptarment. We have seen Don have these conversations with young girls before but in this scene backstage the girls looked so much younger than Don. The scene was also important cause these young girls were the ones in control or power over Don and Harry. The girl knew the Rolling Stones would never do that commercial a fact Don only knew afterwards. Don has had to deal with the younger generation. "young people don't know anything, especially that they're young." He was forced into hiring Smitty and Smitty to have some young creative. But they were never a threat to Don. but is Don more vulnerable now?
How long does Don's new found happiness stay? Don is always looking for the exit but maybe he expects this to last since he's told Megan about his Past. One of the last things Dr Miller said to Don last season referring to the news of his engagement was "I hope she knows you only like the beginning of things." this is important cause Dr Miller was also the one who told Don he would be married within a year at the beginning of season four.
Peggy hires the very talented copy writer against the advice of Stan to go with a mediocre copy writer so you don't have to worry about your job. Peggy is very hip and young in her personal life but not in her work. She is tied to Don creatively and professionally. Also, She came off as a prude being so worried how the new eccentric copy writer was going to be viewed by Don.
Joan is scared of being replaced when she sees the ad in the paper.
and is anyone surprised that Betty is jealous of Don's new 25 year old wife but who Betty tells her friend is 20. While Betty was awaiting the results, there was a lot of talk about Betty being replaced as the mother of Don's children by Megan. The older Don knows how upsetting this must be for Betty while it's lost on the young Megan. Megan's lack of comprehension of being replaced is similar to peggy and her willingness to hire someone talented.
I think its a great start for a season. It'll be great to see some conflict arise other than a merger or being sold or losing account being lost as being the big conflict. You can't write a letter and put it in the times and make yourself younger. Sorry. I didn't mean to write so much. I can't sleep. does anyone know why the first episode was called the Kiss? Unless it has to do with the lyrics to the song Megan sung, I am at a complete loss or missed the meaning to the name.